On going over our lesson in I Kings 1-4 last week during group time, one of the questions that popped up in our study from Chapter 4 had to do with Solomon receiving the gift of wisdom from God. We were asked the question: “What gifts has God given you?” Someone in our class shared how thankful she was for a good husband and children, and a home and I inwardly shook my head and thought-“That poor woman, she answered the question wrong, it’s ok, our leader will say something…” And when someone said, “Well, my ability to do such and such or touch the lives of so and so, I outwardly nodded in agreement, because this is of course how I interpreted the question (which is always the right way, no?) And, inevitably our discussion leader said, “You know I was thinking about outward blessings too.” And then my black and white world trembled a bit when I realized that there could be two interpretations to this question.
And then, I thought how incredible it was that Solomon’s gifts were the same too:
5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.
Wow. So, not only does God grant Solomon exactly what he asks for, but he heaps blessing upon blessing upon him through material wealth and honor.
How AMAZING is this God that we serve? So much so, that not only can we thank God for the talents, skills and abilities that he’s given us, but we see the residual blessings of these inner qualities, we gain respect when we do a job with the best of our efforts, we love our work when we allow God to provide exactly what we need when we need it, we see our children flourish when we raise them according to his commands and teachings, we become confidant in who we are when we are giving back.
It really is this beautiful waltz, isn’t it?
What gifts and talents has God given you that you have seen tangible results? I ask this so that He might get the glory…